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General Info about Bled, Slovenia


Visa Requirements

Citizens of the EU intending to visit Bled just need to show a current passport or an identity card issued by their home country. US, Canadian, or Australian residents will need a valid passport to visit Bled, and can visit for a period of up to ninety days. Nationals of all other countries or anyone intending to work or study in Bled should contact the relevant Slovenian consulate in advance of your visit.


Currency

The currency used in Slovenia is the Euro which is made up of 100 Cent. Notes come in denominations of €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 and the coins in use are €2, €1, 0.50C, 0.20C, 0.10C, 0.05C, 0.02C and 0.01C.


Language

The official language of Slovenia is Slovene or Slovenian. Hungarian, Italian and English are also spoken here.


Climate

Bled’s climate can be classified as sub-Alpine. The weather here is quite mild, with the Julian Alps protecting the town from the harsh winds from the north. Summer sees warm sunny weather, with the average temperatures for July evening out at 19ºC. It can get pretty cold in winter, with average temperatures often dropping below zero in January.


Medical Care

Visitors from EU countries are entitled to medical treatment under the EU Reciprocal Medical Treatment agreement. Before you travel you should collect a form, E111, from your local social security office.


Time Zone

Bled is located in the Central European Time (CET) zone, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).


Tourist Offices

The town’s main tourist office is located at Cesta Svobode 10. It’s open 7 days a week, and opening hours vary with the season. The office can be contacted on +386 (0)4 5741122.

Electricity

The electrical current in Bled is at 220 V, 50 Hz. A two-pin plug should be used here.


Telephones

The international code for Slovenia is +386. The area code for Bled is 04. If you're calling from outside Slovenia, dial the international code of the country you’re in, drop the first 0 for Bled and dial the number.

If you’re dialling overseas from within Bled, dial 00 (international access code), the country code, then area code and the local number.


Post Office

The main post office in Bled can be found at Ljubljanska 14. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.


Tipping

It is not necessary to tip here, however it is customary to round up the bill.


Public Holidays

It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Slovenia they take place on January 1st and 2nd, Easter Monday, April 27th, May 1st and 2nd, Pentecostal Sunday, June 25th, August 15th, November 1st, and December 25th and 26th. It is a good idea to check the particular area too as certain towns and cities also shut down during special events.

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